This month’s theme is ‘Globalization’ and we are delighted to be screening London-based filmmaker George Barber’s Fences Make Senses. The film was made in 2014 and is Barber’s response to the growing refugee and migration situation. Instead of filming a documentary-style film by interviewing refugees and migrants about their plight, he decided to use Londoners and friends to stage and re-enact different refugee experiences: to get people who are not refugees to rehearse, to think through, to experience and act out the lines, to improvise the themes, situations and ideas that refugees frequently face.
More about the artist
George Barber was born in Georgetown, Guyana and studied at St Martins School of Art and The Slade. He currently has a solo exhibition George Barber: Akula Dream at Chapter gallery in Cardiff, where he is showing some of his most recent works such as Akula Dream, Fences Make Senses and The Freestone Drone, as well as some of his earlier works. His film Akula Dream was also shown at the 2015 BFI London Film Festival. He has been part of numerous programmes at Tate Modern and had retrospectives at the ICA, New York Film & Video Festival, the Whitechapel Gallery and La Rochelle Festival, France.
If you are not familiar with George Barber’s work you can watch a video interview from his exhibition The Long Commute at Dundee Contemporary Arts in 2010. George Barber – The Long Commute
Join our discussion with our further reading material available from Portree Library at Portree High School.
This Event is related to the following Project:
SCREEN-IT is ATLAS’ film and moving image programme, showcasing the best in artist moving image from across the globe. The programme aims to foster a critical forum, encouraging engaged discourse around the themes explored at each event. SCREEN-IT is a regular monthly event during the winter season, which has expanded to encompass large-scale screening events in partnership with Lisson Gallery, Lux Scotland, Dunvegan Castle, Skye Live and Transit Arts.